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(Most Of) Wu-Tang Clan Close Out Desert Daze With Khruangbin, (Some Of) 36 Chambers

2019 should, for all intents and purposes, be the best year the Wu-Tang Clan has had in a long, long time. They have not one,…
Christopher R. Weingarten | October 14, 2019 - 9:34 am

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Devo Bring 40+ Years Of Devolution To Desert Daze 2019

Desert Daze is, predominantly, a psych fest -- it's in the name, location, and in their primary booking. But every year, the festival returns --…
Ryan Leas | October 13, 2019 - 4:54 pm

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Ween Serve Their Gloriously Demented Chocolate And Cheese To Desert Daze

Behold the insane power of Ween's enduring, dedicated following. On Saturday at Desert Daze, the band used most of their two-hour set time to perform…
Christopher R. Weingarten | October 13, 2019 - 10:40 am

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Flaming Lips Dazzle Desert Daze With The Soft Bulletin, Inflatable Props

By accident or influence, California's Desert Daze is picking up a lot of the threads that All Tomorrow's Parties left untied after they called it…
Christopher R. Weingarten | October 12, 2019 - 12:50 pm

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A Tribute To In The Court Of The Crimson King, Released 50 Years Ago Today

When King Crimson's debut album In The Court Of The Crimson King was released, they'd been together less than a year. The original lineup --…
Phil Freeman | October 10, 2019 - 9:30 am

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What A Strange And Beautiful Beast Bon Iver Has Become

About halfway through her opening set Tuesday, Leslie Feist requested a "people check" from the Schottenstein Center crowd shrouded in darkness before her. "Let's go…
Chris DeVille | October 9, 2019 - 4:55 pm

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Bob Seger: An Appreciation

Bob Seger's "might be the strangest career in the history of rock and roll," wrote Dave Marsh in his 1978 Rolling Stone profile. Two years…
Brady Gerber | October 4, 2019 - 12:45 pm

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Read An Exclusive Excerpt From Liz Phair’s New Memoir Horror Stories

In the 26 years since she released her landmark debut Exile In Guyville, Liz Phair has been witness to just about every form of lunacy
Stereogum | October 4, 2019 - 9:40 am

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Thom Yorke’s Live Show Might Change Your Perspective On His Solo Work

This past Monday, Thom Yorke brought his live show to an undistinguished corporate rectangle with poor sight lines known as Express Live. On one hand,…
Chris DeVille | October 3, 2019 - 12:01 pm

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Arca’s Mutant;Faith Was A Captivating, Challenging Display Of Experimentation

"Performance art" can be a dirty word. "Pretentious" and "impenetrable" are terms that may come to mind. But what about performance art by one of…
Connor Duffey | September 30, 2019 - 11:20 am

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Growing Up Tegan & Sara

The day after Thanksgiving, my mom drove me and two friends to a theater just outside Philadelphia so that we could see Tegan And Sara…
James Rettig | September 23, 2019 - 1:05 pm

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As A Producer, Ric Ocasek Was Often Just What Bands Needed

Twenty-five years ago, a not-insignificant segment of music fans learned about the greatness of the Cars via Weezer's self-titled debut, widely known as "The Blue
Annie Zaleski | September 16, 2019 - 3:55 pm

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Ric Ocasek Was One Of Pop’s Great Mad Scientists

Dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit JERNK. Dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit JERNK. That's how the Cars introduced themselves on their very first single, the immortal 1978 banger "Just What I Needed." That song,…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2019 - 3:03 pm

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At 16 Hours, Ken Burns’ Country Music Ain’t Nearly Long Enough

There's a moment three episodes into Ken Burns' new eight-episode/16-hour binge-doc Country Music when I had to hit pause. Ernest Tubb, an up-and-coming country crooner…
Stephen Deusner | September 13, 2019 - 12:30 pm

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The “Nurse With Wound List” At 40: A Beginner’s Guide

Released 40 years ago, in 1979, and expanded in 1980, the "Nurse With Wound List" has cast a long, indelible shadow for experimental music fans…
Christopher R. Weingarten | September 10, 2019 - 1:47 pm
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